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YOU READ TO ME, I'LL READ TO YOU! Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together

Author: Mary Ann Hoberman

Illustrator: Michael Emberley

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Using a dialogue format, some of Mother Goose's friends retell their stories. This is a storybook that transforms nursery tales into two-part rhyming skits/scenes.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, learning to read, easy reader, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Reading Level: 2.6

Age of Child: Started reading to 4½ year old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler doesn't yet read, but thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue. Being quite the literalist, it took several rhymes before she understood that the "new" ending was Okay, too.

Adult Reader Reaction: This was fun to read. We can't wait until our preschooler can read along … or that we've read it so much s/he knows her part!

Pros: The collection brings some nursery rhymes up to current times, and adds some surprising endings to them all. There is all-round utility, whether in a classroom or at home.

Cons: Absolutely none. We hope there are more revised nursery rhymes in the future.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a book that will get read lots of times and acted out (at a peer level) even more.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ITSY BITSY SPIDER   FLOWER GREEN: A FLOWER FOR ALL SEASONS   CRANIUM BIG BOOK OF OUTRAGEOUS FUN; The Write-it, Draw-it, Sculpt-it, Act-it Game-in-a-Book-in-a-Game,

Educational Themes: The book's format introduces the idea of dialogue, opening the door to let kids try their hand at changing other much-loved stories to this format, or in pushing them to create new endings for other Mother Goose rhymes and other stories. A simple "what if ..." will get things started.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, rhyme, interactive learning, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2006

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